WATER CARRIERS: Dance troupe performing in Thirst
AFROVIBES FESTIVAL, the popular South African inspired arts extravaganza returns for its extensive tour of the UK.
Created in the Netherlands over a decade ago, this will be the second time that the event has come to our shores, with thought-provoking performances from Africa and beyond including theatre, dance, music and spoken word.
Supplementing the event this year will be a specially created Township Cafe, serving authentic African food and drinks and hosting debates, post-show talks, late night music and workshops.
Produced by UK Arts International who brought The Harder They Come to the stage, this year’s production features the world premier of the poetry-in-performance film Three Furies and the award-winning Sibikwa Orchestra.
ONE WOMAN SHOW: Sonia Radebe in Inception
Afrovibes 2012 will also host a collection of plays including Mother to Mother directed by Janice Honeyman and starring South African actress Thembi Mtshali-Jones plus And the Girls in their Sunday Dresses a short story by Zakes Mda.
Dance has always been at the centre of the festival and this year is no different. Thirst, written and directed by Afrovibes 2012 Artistic Director James Ngcobo depicts the fortunes and misfortunes of three water carrier from an African village that has run dry.
Whereas My Exile Is In My Head is a solo dance and physical theatre piece inspired by Wole Soyinka’s prison notes, The Man Died. Inception, choreographed and performed by Sonia Radebe to music by Nhlanhla Mahlangu, is a complex dance solo and an intense physical and psychological journey into the psyche of a young, female artist.
SOLITUDE: Qudus Onikeku choreographed and performs in My Exile is in my Head
Coming to a city near you, the festival will tour around the UK at the following theatres; The Albany, The Dukes, Stratford Circus, The Drum, Lakeside Arts Centre, Unity Theatre, The Courtyard, Sherman Cymru, Contact Manchester and The Black-E Liverpool theatre.
An event for all African arts enthusiast and fans alike, Afrovibes 2012 is not to be missed.
The Afrovibes Festival 2012 will start on October 1, for full information on tour dates and venues visit: www.afrovibes2012.co.uk